Open Exhibition 2023


The Art of Sculpture

Emerging and established artists are invited to submit works in any medium for Quay Arts’ biennial OPEN Exhibition 2023: ‘The Art of Sculpture’

Every two years, Quay Arts invites artists from across the UK to submit works in any medium to be considered for inclusion in a themed OPEN Exhibition. This is part of Quay Arts’ work to provide a platform for artists and discover new talent. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: End of day Monday 10th April

OPEN 2023 Brief:

The theme for this year’s exhibition is ‘The Art of Sculpture’

The theme of sculpture has a wide-ranging application within this brief and includes artworks that have a special focus on form, mass and space as well as materials, concepts and techniques. Artworks may be free-standing, mounted, or installations, including site specific arrangements. Any size artwork may be submitted within the limitations of size and access to the gallery which is on the first floor (please see guidelines and floor plan below). 

The resulting exhibition will showcase a strong and varied selection of contemporary and traditional works and explore the interplay of forms within the gallery setting.

One artist will be selected (by a judging panel) from the 2023 OPEN for a solo exhibition at Quay Arts in the West Gallery in 2024 / 25. A second artist will be selected for a solo exhibition at Quay Arts Clayden Gallery in 2024.

Selection Panel:
Paul Woods, Open 2021 Winner; Eugene Dugan-Brause, Ian Whitmore and Hannah George, Quay Arts Arts team; Guest judge – TBA

To apply: Please read the guidelines below. Entrants must be 18 years or over.
Two stage application process –
1 Fill out and return the application form below to
2 Click on the payment button and submit your payment. (£30 fee for up to 3 artworks)


West Gallery Floorplan

For alternative methods of application or for specific access needs please refer to the guidelines or email

Application form & Payment

Thank you for taking the time to apply! Your application fee supports costs incurred by Quay Arts associated with the selection, curation, installation and marketing of our OPEN exhibitions. Our galleries are open 7 days a week and always free to enter.


Quay Arts is one of the largest dedicated exhibition spaces on the Island and one of the leading galleries on the South Coast.

Our rolling exhibitions programme is dedicated to supporting the work of emerging, established and internationally significant artists, alongside work by children and young people across a wide range of genres.

Our galleries, spread across two floors, are always FREE to enter to support our core aim to ‘foster and develop artistic knowledge and understanding for the education of the public’. 

The West Gallery is the largest space, at 165 sqm (72 linear m) and is situated on the first floor along with the Clayden Gallery. The café display space is on the ground floor. All exhibition spaces are wheelchair accessible with a lift to the first floor.

To see our current exhibition programme click here.


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Did you realise that when you buy a cup of freshly ground barista coffee in our Café Bar, you are helping to support the cultural life of the Isle of Wight?

However, the generosity of our supporters goes beyond sales of food, drink and theatre tickets. Gifts of money, time, and even specific items make a huge difference to the amount of work we can do. Together, we can continue to enrich the lives of islanders and visitors with our fantastic programme of events.